Fiddle (rebab byur)

mid-19th century

Object Place: Surakarta, Indonesia


Overall: 110.5 x 43 x 11 cm (43 1/2 x 16 15/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Teak, ivory, buffalo bladder

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Musical Instruments



One “Baladewa”-sized byur two stringed spike fiddle comprised of a hollowed out teak burl body, the front of which is covered with white bladder with a green velvet dodot (coat), and elaborately turned Indian ivory parts including: ma in shaft, pegbox, finial, tuning pegs, foot. The main shaft and foot is connected by a square metal rod which passes through the top and bottom of the body. The body has perforations on the back. An elongated wooden bridge rests on the bladder face and carries the two brass strings. Base is similar to suling


1990, sold by RMT Badjradipura, Surakarta, Central Java, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 1990)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund